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Moodle Newsletter October - 2011

Moodle Newsletter October - 2011

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Buenos Aires
October 1, 2011
A Note from John S. Lucas
Moodle Tips of the Month...
Guides and tutorials for the Moodle modules and blocks featured in themonthly newsletter can be found on the MoodleLearn website: https://moodlelearn.muat.iesabroad.orgUse the following generic log-in:User ID - iesstudentPassword - Student1Uploaded les that contain a symbol other than an underscore in thele name will not open properly and you will not receive an errormessage. Most special characters are automatically removed during theupload process, but it is best to use le names without special characters.Thanks to John Schulze from the Berlin Center for this great tip!
want to thank you again for your continued support of theeducational technology initiative and especially for yourpatience during our transition to a dierent way of managingthe initiative. As I outlined for you in my last communication, IESAbroad is pleased to announce the introduction of veRegional Educational Technology Specialists who will be joining Kattrina Cannon and Erika Quinn in our eorts toprovide you with ongoing technical and educational support.We introduce these team members in this newsletter.
attrina Cannon will soon oer introductory webinars tointroduce you to the signicant enhancements she has made toMoodleLearn, our training site. Kattrina has been monitoringthe use of Moodle and has identied a number of features thatmany of you have not yet discovered. In order to make youaware of these exciting features, Kattrina is designing short,introductory videos to help you understand what Moodle hasto oer and how these functions work. She and Erika will alsocontinue to address any technical challenges and concerns thatyou have as you discover this exciting educational tool. Iencourage all Faculty Champions to take full advantage of these excellent training opportunities and to make themwidely available to their colleagues at the centers.
ur goal is to give our faculty and students the very besttechnology to enhance the ne work they already do and tomake teaching and learning at IES Abroad the richest, mostrewarding experience possible. I cannot stress often enoughthat Moodle is designed to bring faculty and studentstogether and to enhance their educational journey together,never to replace any of the best practices that you alreadyimplement and that are serving IES Abroad well.
look forward to the Woord College partnership which willprovide comprehensive training for our Regional Educational Technology Specialists. By the end of November, each regionof IES Abroad will have a trained Regional Educational Technology Specialist close at hand who can provide advice,share innovations, and address challenges that are specic tothe cultures and educational models that dene IES Abroadaround the world.
inally, I want to share a short story about how widelyeducational technology is used. I just returned from a visit toCosta Rica, where I discovered that two of our partners, theNational Institute of Biodiversity (In-Bio) and EARTHUniversity, both currently use Moodle to teach students andfor training seminars. Clearly, educational technology is fastbecoming a common feature of educational life in many partsof the world. In Costa Rica, the use of Moodle has made iteasy and quick for me to review the educational work ourcolleagues are doing and to evaluate how best to work withour new partners and adapt their courses to the needs of IESAbroad students.Good Luck and Happy Moodling!
t the request of Beijing and Barcelona, Kattrina has reviewedseveral additional components of Moodle, and I have approvedadding these additional modules to the IES Abroad Moodlesite. We are constantly striving to add more audiovisual tools,survey instruments, and other improvements to Moodle inresponse to your requests.
Buenos Aires
October 1, 2011
Featured Moodle Module - Lesson Activity
New Modules/BlocksMeet the IES Moodle Team!
Kattrina Cannon
MoodleAdministrator kcannon@iesabroad.org
Erika Quinn
Feedback Module:
 The Feedback Module allows you to create and conductsurveys to collect feedback from your students. It allowsinstructors to write their own questions and enables theinstructor to create non-graded questions. The Feedback activity is ideal for course or assignment evaluations.
Quickmail Block:
 The Quickmail Block has a link to compose an email tostudents in the course. The instructor can select all studentsor choose from a list of students to email. This enhances theexisting communications systems of messaging (one user)and subscribed forums (all subscribers) by allowing teachersto communicate with a specic subset of students. The Lesson Module presents a series of HTML pages to the student where the student can view content and then answer aquestion based on the content presented. The next page that the student views depends upon the answer the studentgives. In the simplest form of a Lesson, a content page (or branch table) presents the student with information and anoption to continue to the next page. No grades can be assigned for branch tables.You can choose from two basic Lesson page types for your students:question pages and content pages (known as “Branch Tables”). Thequestion page presents the student with a question and the student entersan answer. After the student submits their answer, they will see theresponse you’ve created and will be taken to another page or looped back.Questions are scored and added to the student’s cumulative grade. The signicant dierence between a Lesson and other activity modules inMoodle comes from its adaptive ability. With this tool, each choice thestudent makes can show a dierent teacher response/comment and send the student to a diferent page in the Lesson.With mapping and planning, the Lesson Module can customize the presentation of content and questions to each student,with no further action required by the teacher. The Lesson is also a great tool for creating “ash cards” using the contentpages to prepare students for exams or to help them memorize terms/vocabulary.
October 1, 2011
Meet Our Regional Education Technology Specialists
Stephen McMahon - IES Abroad Dublin
A native of Drogheda in County Louth, Mr. McMahon has taught at university level inIreland since 2002 and with study abroad students since 2005. He read for a Master of Artsin English (Creative Writing) at Queens University, Belfast and for a Bachelor of Arts inEnglish and Human Development at Dublin City University (St. Patrick’s College), wherehe taught for eight years.A specialist in small group facilitation, he has taught on several multidisciplinary studyabroad programs with students from the U.S. and France, focusing on literature andcreative arts in Ireland, with an emphasis on writing and photography. He has taught atIES Abroad Dublin since 2005, facilitating general studies and customised programmesas Academic Coordinator from January to August 2011, and is currently the Moodle Faculty Champion.In conjunction with his teaching commitments at St. Patrick’s College, Mr. McMahon was a member of the ITadministration team at the Educational Research Centre (ERC) where, as part of the 2005 cycle of the OECDProgramme for International Student Assessment (PISA), he was Project Manager of the eld trial of theComputer-Based Assessment of Science (CBAS)
Laura Vazquez - IES Abroad Barcelona
Ms. Vazquez was born in Madrid. She has been teaching Spanish and Spanish Cinemato American students for over ten years. She studied Spanish literature in Madrid andlived in Italy for a year to study literature and Italian as an Erasmus student. In 2001, shespent seven months in the U.S. teaching Spanish and Spanish Cinema at Washingtonand Lee University in Virginia. She is currently writing her dissertation on interculturalstudies and cinema. She loves multiculturalism, new technologies, and learning aboutother cultures.Ms. Vazquez has been working on her professional digital identity for several years and since 2007 she haswritten two blogs, one about cinema,
de cine,
and one about Spanish as a foreign language,
. In2010, she worked as a community manager for a school in Madrid (Estudio Internacional Sampere). She alsouses technology in her classes on a daily basis, including Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, Isuu, and Slideshare(to share PowerPoints and documents with students and colleagues); YouTube and Vimeo (to show videosand activities, and also to register students’ oral activities); Overstream (to subtitle videos in Spanish); andFlickr and Picassa (to house interesting photos relevant to her classes). She uses Moodle for her courses,including PowerPoint presentations, exercises, activities, forums, quizzes, compositions, and interactivevocabulary banks.
This newsletter was sent to provide the latest information for IES Abroad Moodle.IES Abroad Chicago33 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602-2602Phone: 1.800.995.2300

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